Tewkesbury located at the confluence of the River Avon that flows from Warwick past Straford, Evesham and Pershore, and the River Severn.
An important location controlling access to Worcester, Ludlow via the Teme that joins the Severn at Worcester, Stourport, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Welshpool.
Tewkesbury Abbey has one of the finest collections of funerary monuments outside of Westminster Abbey, St Pauls and St George's Chapel, Windsor.
Edward Despenser, 1st Baron Despencer, a great great grandson of Edward Longshanks I King England 1239-1307 (his grandfather Hugh Younger Despencer 1286-1326 married Eleanor Clare 1292-, whose mother was Joan of Acre Plantagenet 1272-1307 daughter of Edward I.)
He fought at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 subsequently being elected Knight of the Garter and created Baron in 1357.
Beautifully carved tomb in the Early English Perpendicular Style. Note the unique knight above the tomb facing the alter.
Tried for treason he was executed, apparently, by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey (Madeira) wine.
Isabel, daughter of Richard Kingmaker Neville 16th Earl Warwick 6th Earl Salisbury 1428-1471, died during childbirth.
Sculpted by Percy Bryant Baker in 1915.
Cadaver unusual for the detail of worms and mice.
Alabaster with, unusually, portraits rather than a generic face.
Early Plate Period (Bascinet)
Elizabeth the daughter of William Montagu 1st Earl Salisbury 1301-1349 a companion of Edward III King England 1312-1377 who was with Edward, aged 17, when they ambushed and arrested Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 at Nottingham Castle.
Sculpted by Henry Hugh Armstead